Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

On the Farm

On the Farm

David Elliott
Illustrator:  Holly Meade 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 4 to 8
Candlewick, 2008   ISBN: 978-0763633226

Farms are very busy places. Not only is there always work to be done, but there are animals of all kinds, big and small, wild and domesticated, all over the place. Here is the rooster who “struts and crows,” and the cow who makes milk without really having to do anything except eat grass and gaze into the distance. Here is the dog lying under a tree who is “keeping guard” even though he looks as if he is fast asleep.

For this book, the author has created a delightful collection of poems that are funny, beautifully descriptive, and perfect for reading out loud. The author not only tells us about typical farm animals like cows, pigs, and sheep, but he also describes the snake in the garden, the turtle in the pond, and the bees in the field.